After one season and a week before the 2015-16 season is set to begin, John Maniatis is out as the Calumet College women's basketball coach.

A school spokesman would not confirm nor deny if Maniatis resigned or was terminated. He did say that he is no longer the coach.

Neither Calumet College athletic director Peter Haring nor Maniatis returned calls seeking comment, but Haring did respond via email to The Times that a formal news release "will be sent on the hire of our new head women's basketball coach by the end of this week."

The school's website does not list a women's coach but says "TBA," and the phone number listed is the office number of Haring.

The Crimson Wave are scheduled to open at home Wednesday against Indiana-Kokomo.

Maniatis, who had a successful prep coaching career at Country Club (Ill.) Hillcrest, was hired last October to replace Christina Schmidt, who resigned.

Pumas hit the road: After a 29-10 home loss to Great Lakes Valley Conference foe McKendree, coach Dan Day said he is positive as the Pumas (3-4, 2-3) travel to Bolivar, Mo., to face Southwest Baptist on Saturday.

"A few years ago, (then) Coach (Cory) Sanders' first year, we were 3-4 and the captains had a meeting and we came back to win three of our last four," Day said. " I told the kids (Tuesday) that we can finish strong if we go out and play hard."

The Pumas trailed 16-10 with 6:59 left, but McKendree returned an interception for a score and added a late score.

"I was proud of the way we held their quarterback Isaac Fisher to 94 yards passing," Day said. "He came in averaging a little over 300 yards a game."

Malonda making name: Calumet College sophomore runner Roger Malonda-Pedros has impressed coach Rick Torres with his running.

"He has unconditionally bought into everything I have asked of him whether it has been running or weight lifting," Torres said. "He has helped the other guys feel like we are a team. They trust him, and he trusts me."

"He is a kid who just puts everything into what he does."

He ran his best time for an 8K (26:24) -- 2 seconds off the program record -- Sept. 25 at the Augustana Invitational.

Malonda-Pedros, who is from Barcelona, Spain, said he was recruited by former coach Kevin Patterson and heard of the school through a website.

"I came out here and liked it," Malonda-Pedros said. "Yes, I had a little bit of a hard time adjusting. I guess it was really adjusting to the cold weather."

He is a forensic and biotechnology major.

"I saw the (CSI) shows on TV and thought that is something I would be interesting in," Malonda-Pedros said. "It is an interesting major and it is a lot of studying, but it is worth it."

Back home at Brown Field: After a five-match road trip, which ended with a 1-0 loss at Michigan on Monday, the Valparaiso men's soccer team (6-4-4, 2-1-2 Horizon League) finished 1-2-2 on the trip.

The Crusaders have four league matches left, starting with a 7 p.m. Saturday match with Belmont. Coach Mike Avery said the team will be ready.

"The final four games are all important because the league is still wide open. This is the tightest race for a regular-season championship that I can remember," Avery said. "We can control our own destiny if we win out, so we will keep our focus where it's been all season  one game at a time."

Heading north: The St. Joseph's College men's and women's cross country teams compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in Kenosha, Wis. Justin Hays is one of the Pumas' top male runners, while Nikki Thiede leads the women.

Hoop it up: Indiana Northwest men and women open their basketball seasons Wednesday at home against Judson (Ill.).

The RedHawks (18-12) are led by Portage grad and Association of Independent Institutions Division II women's player of the year Nicki Monahan. Monahan was also an NAIA Division II All-American.


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